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Red Cross seeks ‘missing types’ at area blood drives

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As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign to recruit new blood donors — and those who have not given recently — to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O — the main blood groups — will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be affected.

“Unfortunately, blood shortages still happen and the number of new Red Cross blood donors is shrinking each year,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president for Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is asking those who have never donated blood and those who haven’t given in a while to make a lifesaving donation. You are the missing type patients need.”

Make an appointment to give blood by visiting redcrossblood.org/missingtypes, using the Red Cross blood donor app or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are available at the following locations:

Wilson

June 20 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., West Nash United Methodist Church, 2106 W. Nash St.

June 27 — 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Bill Ellis Convention Center, 3007 Downing St. SW

June 28 — Noon to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Wilson, 311 Nash St. NW

July 1 — Noon to 5 p.m., St. Therese Catholic Church, 700 Nash St. NE

July 3 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wilson Agriculture Center, 1806 Goldsboro St. S.

July 5 — 2-7 p.m., New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 5142 N.C. 58

July 10 — 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hardy Alumni Hall, 704 -A Atlantic Christian College Drive

July 11 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wilson Community College, 902 Herring Ave.

July 11 — Noon to 6 p.m., Wilson Medical Center, 1705 Tarboro St. S.

Sims

July 5 — 3-7 p.m., Sims Volunteer Fire Department, 6214 U.S. 264 Alternate

Nashville

June 23 — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nashville Town Hall council chambers, 114 W. Church St.

June 25 — 3-7 p.m., Sandy Cross United Methodist Church, 3725 Sandy Cross Road

June 27 — 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nash County Senior Center, 103 N. Alston St.

June 29 — 2:30-6:30 p.m., Nashville United Methodist Church, 209 E. Washington St.

Pinetops

July 5 — 4-7 p.m., Pinetops Town Hall/Police Department, 101 E. Hamlet St.

Tarboro

June 28 — 12:30-4:30 p.m.,Edgecombe County Employees Administration Bldg, 201 Saint Andrew St.

July 2 — 2:45-7 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 211 E. Saint James St.

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